I don't want to use the expression "rats leaving a sinking ship"—mostly because the rightwing Republicans will do anything to steal this election so until it is officially over (I am among those who think that Junior lost both elections, 2000, and '04, but that rightwing Republicans stole both, the first one in the obvious ways we all know about, the second in the swing state of Ohio where voting machines displayed discrepancies inconsistent with voter interviews and previous and subsequent elections etc.) I will be holding my breath.
Still, it is amazing to see how many leading Republicans, even rightwing Republicans (which over the past several elections has been the vast majority of course) are backing Obama now. here's Maureen Dowd in todday's NY Times mentioning only a few:
"On Tuesday, Matthew Dowd, the former Bush strategist who offered a famous apologia for helping get W. re-elected, offered a scorching assessment of Palin’s not being ready, saying that McCain 'knows that in his gut. And when this race is over, that is something he will have to live with. ... He put somebody unqualified on that ballot, and he put the country at risk.'
Christopher Hitchens endorsed Barack Obama on Slate on Monday, calling Palin’s conduct 'a national disgrace' and writing: 'Given the nasty and lowly task of stirring up the whack-job fringe of the party’s right wing and of recycling patent falsehoods about Obama’s position on Afghanistan, she has drawn upon the only talent that she apparently possesses.'
Christopher Buckley endorsed Obama on The Daily Beast, writing of McCain’s embrace of Palin: 'What on earth can he have been thinking?' (The endorsement led to Buckley’s resigning from The National Review, founded by his father.)
On 'The Colbert Report' on Monday, the conservative columnist Kathleen Parker stuck by her assertion, which she said caused the base to treat her like a traitor, that Palin should have bowed out. She said she’d gotten some secret e-mails from Republicans in the White House agreeing with her.
...David Brooks, speaking at an Atlantic Magazine event, called Palin 'a fatal cancer to the Republican Party,' bemoaning the fact that she did not fit in with the late William Buckley’s desire to have a party that celebrated ideas and learning."